Crucial Blast is preparing Spectre Music Of An Antiquary, the sought out-of-print 2012 album from UK ambient/black/noise metal entity, EMIT, to be reintroduced to the population at the end of October.
The latest album of murky graveyard ambience, deranged synth, phantasmic dread and ritualistic black drift from this cult UK outfit, their first in nearly ten years is surrealistic, spectral music and nocturnal delirium transmitted from beyond the veil and steeped in the mysteries of old Britain, like some twisted, eldritch fusion of Fabio Frizzi, In Umbra Malitiae Ambulabo-era Abruptum, and 80’s darkwave. A must-hear for anyone into the murky surrealistic blackness of artists like Reverorum ib Malacht (a band that has shared members with EMIT in the past), Yoga, Occultation, Uno Actu, Utarm, and Dapnom.
No Clean Singing has hosted one of the album’s bizarre, all-consuming passages. The seventh in this haunting ten chapter manifesto, “Beneath Carvings Linger,” warning all who may wander within earshot of the tune, “Beneath Carvings Linger’ is a drifting fog of shimmering ambience, groaning tones, and esoteric keyboard notes, with a smattering of crashing noises and the strange vocals that are a dominant presence on the album (they turn into shudder-inducing shrieks or wordless chorales elsewhere, but not in this song). It’s just a hint of the surrealistic chill that will sink into your bones over the course of the entire album.”
Hear “Beneath Carvings Linger” at THIS LOCATION.
Spectre Music Of An Antiquary will now be available from Crucial Blast via digital download and digipak CD on October 28th, the packaging featuring evocative, all-new artwork. Preorders for both versions, including an instant download of “Mors Wher Devels Are Abrod,” which is also streaming, RIGHT HERE.
Initially released as an extremely limited cassette on Glorious North, Spectre Music Of An Antiquary presents the first new material from EMIT in over five years, a full-length collection of murky ambiance, deranged ‘80s style synth, ritualistic black drift, and stranger sounds forays into black noise. This British outfit has been creating their unique brand of experimental blackened delirium since the late ‘90s, branching out of a low-fi UK black metal band called Ante Cryst, yet with EMIT, the members began to explore a creepy, synth-heavy sound that was unmistakably descended from black metal but supremely more deformed, combining harsh electronic noise, horror-movie soundtrack atmospherics, droning keyboards, wrecked and fractured black metal guitars, and bizarre vocals that would often push their music into a strange realm of hallucinatory, ghastly psychedelia. On Spectre, though, EMIT‘s sound has morphed into something that more resembles some mutated, primitive ‘80s darkwave being completely taken over by malevolent spirits, with eerie electronic drones and distant moaning vocals often taking over; very different from what I’ve heard from the act in the past, though no less weird or phantasmagoric. And as with other of the band’s offerings, this is concerned more with the occult lore and hidden history of the British isles than Satanism or goat worship or any of the other over-used black metal tropes, which all serves to enhance the wraithlike vibe of these songs.